The plot and acting are typical of B-movies of this era and genre. In that respect, there's nothing "hilarious" about it. The eye makeup shows that the over-the-top melodramatic acting style of the silent era carried over.
The hole in the loft floor was pretty unbelievable, giving both people an unrestricted view of the entire room below at the same time - even while the man kept his hat on. The "mummy man's" presence in the loft remains a mystery.
I must admit that the movie put me to sleep at one point.
January 6, 2011 Subject:
You asked for it
That very well describes the experience. How so ever I enjoyed it. It really is so dumb slow paced and has no real plot the acting is odoriferous taking all that into consideration. I would watch it again but not real soon
December 9, 2010 Subject:
What a hoot! Comically bad acting, really bad carnie acts and a loony plot make this one a so-bad-it's-good treasure. Set in a fleabag sideshow, it is a murder mystery of sorts, but you'll be laughing too hard to care. The hero and heroine peeking through an apparently magical hole they've just drilled in the floor is a scream. Thrill to the slowest shootout in history! Will the helpless heroine be dragged off to Mexico against her will? Gasp in amazement at the utterly impossible solution! Who-done-it fans, be sure to pack your senses of humor for this trip. Definitely recommended.
July 6, 2010 Subject:
A Good Hour Waster
Well, I learned a couple of things watching this mystery: Early last century carnival sideshows dressed themselves up a bit by calling themselves museums, and yet another synonym for a detective is a hawkshaw.
Three city pooh-bahs visit a museum to investigate vice allegations. All are political enemies. While there, a city commissioner is killed, and suspicion soon focuses on the other commissioner. The third man is the chief of police. He investigates, fruitlessly of course. A reporter (It's always a reporter in these '30s and '40s mysteries and crime dramas.) makes like a hawkshaw, and finds the murderer. He is aided by his girlfriend who is also the daughter of the man under suspicion.
It all wraps up neatly at the end, except for the precise details of how the murder was committed, and how it was committed without anyone noticing (I always want to know.) This mystery is solvable, though I didn't have it until late in the movie. It is paced slowly, and there is little action, but I didn't lose interest. There's no snappy repartee or salty dialog, but, gosh, you can see scantily clad women with their belly buttons exposed!
I downloaded the 384MB AVI file. It's a decent VHS transfer.